May 2, 2012
Romney have ordered the commando raid that resulted in the killing of
Laden? The Obama White House has suggested that the former
governor and Republican presidential candidate would not have given his
The speculation has been part of the campaign jockeying as today
one year since special forces descended on Abbottabad, Pakistan, and
the body of the deceased al-Qaida mastermind aboard one of their
Romney insisted, “of course, of course,” he would have made the same
added that “even Jimmy Carter would have given that order,” a jab
linking to a
Democratic incumbent who failed to win re-election, in part, because he
appeared weak in projecting American power.
deserves attention is that Barack Obama did order the raid. It is part
record on which his performance should be assessed.
In no small
way, the president fulfilled a campaign promise. He put the
community on the trail of bin Laden, reorganizing the approach and
opportunity when it surfaced. As Leon Panetta, the defense secretary,
over the weekend, the killing of bin Laden was not a “silver bullet.”
advance the fight against terrorism, al-Qaida losing its founder and
man, the American military and intelligence community reinforcing the
about their persistence and capacity to strike.
point, Republicans faulted Bill Clinton for swatting loosely at bin
other terrorists. Obama acted with precision, driven by effective
or the most valuable tool in the fight against terrorism. Precision has
part of the drone attacks, the one weapon bin Laden found most
president has kept the heat on al-Qaida in ways that should please
deploying the necessary elements of war and law enforcement. That’s not
the fight has been waged flawlessly. The drone strikes lack
president has bowed too easily to congressional opponents of civilian
for terrorists and the closing of the Guantanamo prison.
later, Congress still hasn’t restructured its oversight of the
community and the unwieldy Department of Homeland Security, in defiance
Sept. 11 commission.
president has sustained and improved from the Bush years is vigilance,
country keeping its guard up. That isn’t a guarantee against future
strikes. It is the required posture for keeping pace with evolving
networks. The killing of Osama bin Laden opened a new chapter,
the Arab Spring, the premium all the more on keen intelligence and a
response, in diplomacy, too.
strike an appropriate balance in the post bin Laden era? Now that’s a
worth attention in the presidential race.
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